We have always said that when it come down to it, it’s the players who must take the ultimate responsibility of taking Newcastle United to relegation from the Premier League for the first time in their history.
Alan Shearer – completely gutted yesterday
After the game yesterday – in our utter desperation at being relegated when it would have been so easy to stay up – like scoring one goal – we also had a go at Mike Ashley.
But what Alan says is what everybody in their heart knows – it has to be the players who take the hit because we’ve been relegated. It hasn’t been easy for them, but hey, jobs shouldn’t be easy when you are paid outlandish sums like £60K/week.
Alan talked about being busy all the time these last 8 weeks, but take a top executive business job at a top company, and you are hardly ever in the country, never mind just being away from home. Just ask my wife what it was like, when I was at IBM the last 10 years.
No – footballers are spoiled – there’s little doubt about that – and seem not to understand how the real world of business actually works. That’s because they’ve never been in it.
It’s just nonsense that players are paid the amounts they are, for what they do, and they have precious little responsibility – for anything.
It was the squad – paid £74M in wages for this season, who just were not good enough. And Mike Ashley had a staff for which he was paying out huge wages, and had the right to expect more – a lot more from his players.
And if it’s one thing Alan Shearer is good at, it’s telling the plain truth straight up – just like his mentor Kevin Keegan used to do, and Alan says Newcastle United’s relegation is squarely the fault of the players.
“When you get in that rut, it’s very difficult to get out of. I’ve just told the players that they can make all the excuses they like. Shearer wasn’t good enough, Ashley wasn’t good enough, Chris Hughton, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear – forget that.”
“It’s what’s in the dressing room that’s not been good enough.”
“Whoever comes in, there needs to be an overhaul. The sooner the better. Other clubs will have a head start. We are going to be a big scalp in the Championship. What’s important now is that we get back on track.”
Shearer, who was almost in tears (like the rest of us) when he was talking, added:
“I will sit down with the owner and the chairman this week and give my opinions. You talk about me making a decision, but they might not even ask me. They will ask my opinion.”
“I haven’t had time to sit down and think. Decisions need to be made sooner rather than later. There are huge problems. It’s not just about today.”
“It’s gone on this season, last season, the season before, it’s a culmination of everything. We are now paying the price for that.”
Derek Llambias also said this morning that he and Mike would sit down with Alan and discuss things, and as Alan says, there’s so much to be put right at the club.
Whoever is in charge must start now, because the Championship kicks off in early August, earlier than the Premier League.
One way to lift the severe doom and gloom on Tyneside, is to put together a winning side for next season. We wish.